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Ultra-Budget Airlines E.g. Spirit Air

I read about Spirit Airlines.

Apparently this is an ultra-budget airline whose model is to have a very low fare - for example, if the competition on a route costs $150, Spirit's basic fare might be $100 - but then provide nothing but a seat and charge for everything. A checked bag costs $28-38, a boarding pass printed at the airport costs $5 (you can print your own at home for free), using an overhead bin costs $25 (but the underseat space is free), water on board costs $3 (but you can drink from the lavatory tap for free). They removed the reclining mechanism from the seats to squeeze in 40 more seats per aircraft. They have very short turnaround times, fly at inconvenient hours, have the poorest on-time service. The CEO is looking at how to charge for use of the tray table, over light, etc. The model is inspired by European ultra-budget airlines like Ryanair, which even charge for using the lavatory. They see their competition as Greyhound.

Thoughts? Have you flown Spirit? Would you? Why/why not?
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